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After leaving Manzanar, we traveled North on the 395 Highway, en route to Yosemite. But we got hungry near Bishop California.
I love Bishop. It is the Gateway to many adventures. Hiking, Camping, Skiing, Fishing, and so much more.
But there is a spot there that can not go unnoticed.
... of Mother Nature once again. Took detour off 395 to see South Tufa of Mono Lake. Absolutely amazing to me. I have seen the pictures in books more than once over the years and now I've seen them firsthand. My photos will not do them justice as is often the case. Some howling and yapping started as we approached the shore -- coyotes we suspect.
Conway 8138 feet. ...
... vehicles) that I'm convinced are looking on in amusement at our (not subtlety coloured and entirely inappropriate) car creeping along at 5mph. In the end I gave up, did a u-turn, and shamefully retreated back to town on the main road, oh well! In the evening we ate at a place Pete had read about called the Texas Smoke House, it was rough and ready but super tasty. Then we hit the Whiskey Creek saloon for a beer. Good beer, good food, good views, great day. ...
... for dinner. While preparing the stove for dinner, Dad accidentally tipped it over in the dirt, and a part got dirt in it which disabled the stove. This was incredibly disappointing to both of us. I was sooo looking forward to our dinner!!!
Dad worked for at least an hour trying to fix the stove. He had two sets of directions for the stove, and was using one which told him how to clean it. But after quite a while he had to give up because we were losing light. This was ...
... and a pain to clean up, since we had to clean a pan we used as a skillet. After we cooked breakfast, washed the dishes backpacking style (so no food gets in nature), and packed up our stuff again, over four hours had passed! It takes so much time to do things backpacking I learned. It took us about 4 hours to eat breakfast, wash dishes, and get ready for the day each day.
It was about 9:40am when we finally were at the car and ready to go. We drove to the trailhead and ...